• January 26, 2018

Protecting Your Home from a House Showing


Protecting Your Home from a House Showing

Selling your house can be a daunting task. It becomes even more daunting when you consider the fact that people you don’t know will be in your home with your possessions. While you shouldn’t jump to conclusions about anyone, theft can occur during a house showing.  You can protect your home against robbery with just a few easy steps.

Remove any Valuables:
Jewels, money, and anything holding sentimental value should be either hidden or removed from a house during a showing. You should also consider removing any spare keys you might have and prescription medicine. You never know what someone may want.

Take Down Your List of Passwords:
If you have a list of passwords taped to your computer screen, be sure to remove it. The last thing you want is someone stealing your identity because you left your bank account information out in the open. Make sure that you also hide your Wi-Fi password, as some thieves can use this as a gateway to all of your accounts.

Hide any Personal Information:
You should also hide or remove any personal information like credit card statements, or even your high school diploma. These items can be used to steal your identity, and best removed when showing a house.

Keep the Security System Installed:
If you have a security system installed, wait until after the sale has closed to remove it. Keeping the security system installed means you have an extra set of eyes in the house, and the home is monitored even when you aren’t there. Make sure you tell your real estate agent if you plan on doing this.

Utilize Group Showings:
Group showings are another excellent way to gain an extra set of eyes. By having multiple people view the home at once you have others to watch the house for you, and deter thieves. Group showings can also cause buyers to become more competitive, and they may point out some of the best features of the house to each other.

Use a Sign-In Sheet:
Using a sign-in sheet allows you to have a written record of everyone who came into the house. Ask for them to sign a paper and show ID. Thieves will be reluctant to give a name. If they appear unwilling but eventually provide you with information,  tell your real estate agent to pay special attention to that person.

Check the House After a Showing:
After a showing, be sure to check the house and make sure no valuables are missing, and all the windows and doors are locked. In some instances, a thief may unlatch a window or door in hopes of coming back later.

Security is important to both you and your realtor, but you can’t keep eyes on everyone that enters your home all the time. The tips above can help you feel comfortable and confident when showing your home.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-908-7293 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/